Black Oath are a band from Italy that plays a traditional form of occult doom metal and this is a review of their 2015 album "To Below And Beyond" which was released by Doomentia Records.
Classical guitar playing along with some synths in the background start off the album bringing in the atmosphere of a classic horror movie as well as bringing in a small amount of whispers and after the intro they retain the acoustics while also going into more of a heavier musical direction and adding in 70's style metal vocals.
Most of the music is rooted in the 70's and 80's style of doom metal and the music also gets very atmospheric at times and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow and mid paced parts and the solos and leads also remain true to a more melodic and traditional style of metal and you can also hear a great amount of melody in the guitar riffing and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them while most of the songs are very long and epic in length and they also bring in a great mixture of both power ballads and heavy tracks. and spoken word parts can also be heard briefly.
Black Oath plays a style of doom metal that is very dark and melodic in the 70's and 80's style of the genre, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover darkness, death, esotericism, occultism, superstitions and witchcraft themes.
In my opinion Black Oath are a very great sounding occult doom metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Wicked Queen" "Flesh To Gold" and "To Below And Beyond (Ars Diaboli)". 8/5 out of 10.